“Tape/Off once again blend aggressive fuzz-heavy guitars, off-kilter melodies and restless energy to stunning effect.”
The Sunday Mail
Brimming with Tape/Off’s trademark fuzzed-out catchiness, the aggressively chiming guitars and driving rhythms of Day In, Day Out mirror the track’s urgent narrative of social breakdown amidst a backdrop of class division and social apathy.
It’s a snapshot of a world where empathy for one’s fellow man is firmly a relic of the past – “Get a job mate, get a f**king job! Get a haircut!” – and ends with frontman Nathan Pickels spitting “Ritual disgust” in a totemic display of societal despair, seeming to sense that perhaps there is no solution to this modern malaise.
Day In, Day Out – the first taste of their long-awaited second album Broadcast Park.
Tape/Off’s acclaimed debut Chipper (Sonic Masala) came out to much fanfare back in 2014, making the longlist for that year’s AMP award and spawning the singles Pedestal Fan and Different Order as it loudly announced the foursome as an act to be reckoned with.
A standalone single Let’s Have A Baby followed in 2015, but Broadcast Park – is their first substantial body of work in four years.
Stalwarts of the Brisbane scene Tape/Off have played alongside a swag of international acts such as Royal Blood, Kurt Vile, Pity Sex, Earthless and Future Of The Left as well as homegrown bands including Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, Screamfeeder, The Peep Tempel, Batpiss and Harmony.
What critics said about Tape/Off’s new album Broadcast Park:
“…gritty, raw and thick, full of misleading lulls presented here as potholes on a dirt road… malaise meets rage at its most percussive and poignant…the sound of someone who has finally had enough and is ready to speak up” The Music
“On their follow-up to acclaimed 2014 debut album Chipper, Brisbane indie rockers Tape/Off once again blend aggressive fuzz-heavy guitars, off-kilter melodies and restless energy to stunning effect.” Sunday Mail
“Delving into universal questions such as existentialism, the male psyche, societal conventions and restrictions, familial bonds, and the myth of life on the road, the band uses their indie rock ‘n’ roll style to create compelling music that makes you both think and feel.” Music Is My Muse
“Marking the first new music in four years from the Brissie quartet, Broadcast Park was certainly worth the wait; it’s a tough and tenacious outing that seamlessly balances its scruffy, frayed edges with restless rumination – come for the fuzz, stay for the feels.” The Soundcheck
What critics said about Tape/Off’s debut Chipper:
“Sometimes brutal, sometimes dreamily beautiful, sometimes both at once: that’s Brisbane four-piece Tape/Off, who sacrifice guitar speakers in pursuit of glorious release from the mundane concerns of the day-to-day with a debut album that will appeal to fans of avant-noiseniks from Wire to Slint to Sonic Youth.” Courier Mail
“As well as excelling in the kind of spitfire riffs that’ll have fans reaching for the ‘fuzzed out’ tags, Tape/Off also scratch the nostalgia itch, recalling the glory days of ‘90s guitar rock.” Tone Deaf
“Tape/Off have achieved something that barely ever happens anymore, and hasn’t been done well since the Sebadoh glory days-subversively fusing pop tactics with a messy tangle of noise, until the two become indistinguishable in the maelstrom… Chipper is a time capsule, a love story and a brutal head-pounder all rolled into one.” Soundly Sounds “It’s this fantastic mix of aggression and restraint that make you want to grab the band by the lapels and – in true school bully fashion – tell them not to leave it so damn long next time.” Beat Magazine
Broadcast Park out now through Coolin’ by Sound.